Name: Lil’Jordan Humphrey
CONFERENCE: Big 12
POSITION: Wide Receiver
JERSEY: No. 84
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 220 lbs
PROS: Best aspect of his game is his ability after the catch. Effortlessly glides by defenders and his blockers, and is able to fight through soft contact while maintaining velocity. Rapidly shifts from receiver to ball carrier and can turn contested catchpoints into broken tackles. Role in the Longhorns offenses affords him opportunities in space that he takes advantage of as a ball carrier. Is generally the space option for extending triple option plays, running bubbles with regularity. Used in the slot, and will motion across the formation or into a swing route. Despite his size, Texas likes to use Humphrey in the short and intermediate portions of the field as Collin Johnson operates as the deep/intermediate threat.
Does an excellent job of shedding the hands of the defensive back, allowing him to work with a clean frame. Solid lateral mover for his size, and can position his body in areas to make tight, contested receptions. Can have a presence over the middle because of his combination of hand usage, size, and strength.
Shows traits of prototypical slot receiver, working through windows and knifing through voids in zone coverages. Operates well out of structure, finding space and making himself available for the quarterback. Can break off big chunks of yards when quarterback is able to extend the play because of this.
CONS: Limited route tree down the field, with minimal experience in that area. Lacks elite change of direction necessary to consistently be a sudden, efficient route runner. Lacks ideal ball skills, with few legitimate high point receptions in his career. Can have awkward hand placement at times, which may be a product of his tracking.
Can struggle with maintaining blocks or driving smaller defensive backs. Better when able to work into the formations rather than in space on shiftier defenders.
Lacks the experience on the outside of the formation and facing press coverage. With his size, teams will likely project him into a role he is uncomfortable and inexperienced in. Versatility makes him a bit of a tweener due to collegiate role in offense versus professional projection.